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Video Can Vindicate Victims

Posted on: June 22nd, 2015 by Chicago Police Misconduct Attorney

Tragically, police brutality isn’t new. However, now citizens have the power to film incidents of police misconduct with their mobile devices. This visual evidence has proven damning for perpetrators of unlawful use of force and empowering for those citizens who are too often victims at the hands of those who are purportedly sworn to protect them.

It is not illegal to film police as long as you are not in the way, obstructing justice. Mobile Justice, an app released by the ACLU, allows users to record video of altercations between police and citizens and immediately upload that video to the ACLU database so as to safeguard it against deletion. Recently, On the Media shared their handbook for filming police encounters. Take a look for great tips on how best to capture police misconduct.

At Romanucci & Blandin, we are committed to ending incidents of police brutality by empowering citizens with knowledge of their civil rights and holding officers and departments responsible when they fail to live up to their oath to protect.

2015 Proves Deadly at the Hands of Police

Posted on: June 5th, 2015 by Chicago Police Misconduct Attorney

We are facing a police shooting epidemic. According to a recent Washington Post article, in the first five months of 2015, the number of victims of fatal police shootings is nearly 400. After adjusting for population, these statistics show that blacks were killed by police at 3x the rate of whites or other minorities. This is not only tragic, it’s deplorable. It’s also time to do something about it.

The Washington Post is doing its part to make sure that notoriously obscure number of national police shootings have some clarity brought to them by comprehensive data. They, along with the Guardian, are compiling a database that uses multiple sources of data, including police reports, eye-witness reports and news articles, to create a log of every fatal shooting that occurs this year. They will make the data public at a later date.

Romanucci & Blandin will continue to do its part to help bring an end to this epidemic, and restore trust between police and the communities they serve, by seeking justice for the victims of police brutality and holding responsible those parties who infringe on citizens’ civil rights. Join us by signing our pledge today to STOP police brutality NOW.